Skill set details

PMASS00019 - Hot work observer (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMASS00004 - Hot work observerSupersedes and is equivalent to PMASS00004 Hot work observer. Units updated. 01/Jun/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 02/Jun/2016

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Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to PMASS00004 Hot work observer. Units updated.


Hot work in a hazardous environment requires a hot work observer, often called colloquially a ‘fire watcher’. Hot work is covered by AS1674. The role of this person is to ensure hot work permit conditions are followed and fire is prevented.

This skill set covers the competencies required by persons working as hot work observers. This would not normally be their full time job, but a role they assume as required by the situation

This is an industry defined skill set.

Pathways Information

These units of competency can provide credit towards Certificates II and III in PMA Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing is not required at the time of writing, although these competencies may be required under a risk management plan and compliance with AS1674 is required..

Skill Set Requirements


Work safely


Work in accordance with an issued permit


Observe permit work


Undertake first response to fire incidents

Target Group

Individuals who, as part of their role, are required to observe hot work and ensure compliance with the hot work permit.

Suggested words for Statement of Attainment

These competencies from PMA Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package meet the minimum requirements for a hot work observer/standby person.